PARTY AND POLICY
POSSIBILITIES AND SPECULATION
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - ANSWERED
PARTY AND POLICY
What's your policy on ...?
Australian Conservatives will be launching policies in the coming months. Led by Senator Cory Bernardi, Australian Conservatives is calling for a return to principled, sensible politics. Our policies are informed by Our Principles and the feedback of our members through member surveys. If you would like to have a say on our policies, become a member today.
We assure you that Australian Conservatives policy is consistent with the outspoken conservative voice Senator Bernardi has provided for over a decade in the federal parliament. We encourage you to look at Senator Bernardi’s website www.corybernardi.com or Google his name and the policy topic - whatever Senator Bernardi has stated in the past remains his position today.
Will you be starting an Australian Conservatives branch in my home state or territory?
Australian Conservatives founder and federal chairman Senator Cory Bernardi has stated that he intends to apply for registration in every State. We are working towards that goal at the moment. As our membership grows, registration in Territories is increasingly likely. Become a member of Australian Conservatives to be updated on progress and please stay tuned to our email updates for more information.
How many members do you have nationwide / in state or territory X?
Australian Conservatives does not disclose the number of members that it has in any given state or territory, or nationwide. No other party does so. However, we can say with absolute confidence that we already have sufficient members to pass the member threshold (e.g. 750 in New South Wales) to secure official registration in every state of Australia.
Can I be a candidate or volunteer with Australian Conservatives?
Thank you for your interest. The best way to be notified of these opportunities is to become a member of Australian Conservatives. Members will be notified of these opportunities, and participate in nominating and choosing candidates.
Can I work for Australian Conservatives?
Thank you for your interest in lending your talents to support the rapid growth of Australian Conservatives. We do not have any advertised vacancies at this time. You would be best served, if you are not already, to become a member to be notified of opportunities that arise in future.
POSSIBILITIES AND SPECULATION
Is it true that Person X is an endorsed Australian Conservatives Candidate?
No. Australian Conservatives have not endorsed anybody to be a candidate for any election. Information on endorsed candidates will appear at www.conservatives.org.au at the relevant time.
Will you / why don't you merge with Party X?
Australian Conservatives was formed to unite the conservative voice in Australian parliaments, well before we applied for federal political party registration in February 2017. We are always looking to unite conservatives. For too long conservatives have stood apart while our progressive opponents flourished behind banners like 'The Greens'.
We will consider amalgamations with Parties that agree with Our Principles. If they are a conservative party and want to join us, we will consider their interest.
Is Person X going to leave his or her Party and join Australian Conservatives?
We will not divulge conversations we are having with people who might join Australian Conservatives. Senator Cory Bernardi has been clear that the door is open to anyone to join us if they agree with Our Principles - members of parliament included. If someone is joining us, we will make an announcement when we have an agreement.
Do you have any affiliation with Conservative parties, politicians or movements overseas?
Not officially, although a number of groups and individuals have similar principles to our own.
Do you have any affiliation with Donald Trump / the Republican Party (USA)?
No. Senator Cory Bernardi was in New York on a secondment when President Trump surprised all the 'experts' and won the US Presidential Election in 2016. Senator Bernardi welcomed the result (compared with the unpalatable alternative, a Clinton Democrat presidency). However, Senator Bernardi did not meet with - nor has he modelled Australian Conservatives on - the Trump movement. In fact, he launched Australian Conservatives well before the Trump presidency looked possible, seeking to unite conservatives in Australia who agreed with Our Principles.
MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
Can I meet with Senator Bernardi?
Thank you for interest in becoming more involved. The best way to get in contact with Senator Bernardi is via his electorate office in Kent Town, near the Adelaide CBD.
The contact details can be found here.
Can I meet with your South Australian state MPs?
The best way to contact our South Australian Members of Parliament - the Hons Dennis Hood MLC and Rob Brokenshire MLC - is via their electorate offices. Those contact details are on their profile pages on the Our Team page on this website.
How do I log in to the website?
Our conservatives.org.au website is designed to allow our supporters - and particularly our members - to have the maximum possible interaction with our movement. The top menu of the site includes a 'Supporter Login' - even if you have only provided an e-mail address, you are considered a Supporter. You can login by clicking on that 'Supporter Login' link and, if it is your first time, using your e-mail to set up your password by following the prompts.
Once you have correctly provided your login details, the Supporter Login link in the top menu will now show your name and, if you have linked your Facebook account, your Facebook profile photo. From now on, whenever you click that link you will get Supporter menu options.
Better still, if your web browser has cookies enabled, you will remain logged in on your device.
If you become a member of Australian Conservatives, the interactive options on your top menu become much broader.
Are donations to Australian Conservatives tax deductible?
Potentially. As a registered political party under the Australian Electoral Act, contributions (ie donations and/or membership fees) may be tax-deductible. Contributions over $2 and totalling no more than $1,500 per taxpayer in a taxation year may be tax deductible. Taxpayers should seek and rely upon independent advice.
Who is donating to support Australian Conservatives?
We are supported by everyday Australians who have chipped in some of their own money to help restore conservative principles to our nation. We do not disclose who our donors are - donors over $13,200 in a financial year are disclosed as required by electoral laws. We will always comply with relevant disclosure laws and we are advocates for donation and disclosure reform.
Do you accept PayPal?
Unfortunately we don't currently accept Paypal. We do, however, accept bank transfer and cheques along with the usual credit card options.
Here are the details for bank transfer:
Bank name: Westpac
Account Name: Australian Conservatives
Account Number: 278339
Please use your name as the reference.
Cheques can be made out to Australian Conservatives and posted to the following address:
CLF House, 28 King William Street
Kent Town, SA, 5067
Please at least include your name and return address with the cheque.
We appreciate your support!
How do I contact Australian Conservatives by telephone?
Australian Conservatives prioritises communication by e-mail, preferably via the contact form on our website. This enables us to ensure we respond as promptly and specifically as possible to your query. We will make return telephone calls if you provide your telephone number and if this is the most appropriate way to get back to you.
I have a unique idea, proposal or skill set to offer Australian Conservatives - how can I tell you about it?
We look forward to hearing from you. Due to the volume of such requests, we ask that you put your proposal in writing with as much detail and personal contact information as possible by submitting it here. We will get back to you as soon as we can.
How do I get Cory Bernardi's Weekly Dose of Common Sense e-mail?
Go to www.corybernardi.com and sign up using the form on the front page.